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Wife enters guilty plea in killing

PICKENS — A Dacusville woman pleaded guilty to murder and conspiracy charges in the January shooting death of her husband last week. After taking a negotiated plea deal on Friday, Crystal Gail More »

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County football coaches out

COUNTY — Two Pickens County high schools are in the market for new football coaches after disappointing seasons on the gridiron. School District of Pickens County spokesman John Eby confirmed Tuesday that More »

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Hendricks signs with SWU

Rocky Nimmons/Courier Seated second from left, Davis Hendricks signs to continue her volleyball career at Southern Wesleyan University on Thursday. Pictured with Hendricks, seated from left, are Lesli Hendricks, Wes Hendricks and More »

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Cloer celebrates birthday with family

Grace Moody Cloer recently celebrated her 90th birthday in the Fellowship Hall of Red Hill Baptist Church. Family members pictured are, standing from left, Casey, Bob and Shana Cloer Maseah and Harvest More »

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Honoring veterans

SWU dedicates new flag plaza CENTRAL — What began as an effort to place flags at Southern Wesleyan University’s new athletic facilities grew into a tribute to those who have served and More »

Local teacher, husband found dead in NC

LIBERTY — A Pickens County elementary school teacher and her husband were found dead on Monday after an apparent murder-suicide.

According to the Haywood County (N.C.) Sheriff’s Office, deputies found the bodies of Eva Haynie, 51, and her husband, Richard, 54, in a home in the Hemphill community in northern Haywood County.

Pickens County Sheriff’s Office chief deputy Creed Hashe said concerns arose after Haynie did

Wife enters guilty plea in killing

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PICKENS — A Dacusville woman pleaded guilty to murder and conspiracy charges in the January shooting death of her husband last week.

After taking a negotiated plea deal on Friday, Crystal Gail Williams, 35, will serve a sentence of life without parole for her part in the Jan. 26 killing of Shane Williams. She was also sentenced to up to five years for the conspiracy charge.

Authorities have alleged Williams and Marcus Channing Johnson, 36, planned the killing in an attempt to collect on a $250,000 life insurance policy. Police have alleged Johnson fired the

Residents concerned about plans for schools

Superintendent, board members:

Consolidation not on table for now

By Greg Oliver
Courtesy The Journal

goliver@upstatetoday.com

 

EASLEY — The School District of Pickens County’s five-year plan for addressing capital needs has resulted in concerns among supporters of the county’s smallest schools and the Pickens County Taxpayers Association.

Representatives of both were among a packed house at Monday night’s regular monthly school board meeting and made up the vast majority of those signing up for public comment. Residents from the Ambler Elementary and A.R. Lewis Elementary attendance areas expressed concern

Early-morning fire claims popular Easley restaurant

Kerry Gilstrap/Courier A fallen ceiling fan and other burned debris is pictured inside Michael’s Pizzeria, which was destroyed by fire in Easley on Monday.

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A fallen ceiling fan and other burned debris is pictured inside Michael’s Pizzeria, which was destroyed by fire in Easley on Monday.

EASLEY — No one was hurt as fire destroyed a popular Easley restaurant early Monday morning.

According to Easley Fire Department Capt. J.D. Willis, firefighters received a call at 6:29 a.m. about a fire at Michael’s Pizzeria, located at 101 N. Main St.

Willis said the fire was contained to the business and extinguished, although some adjoining businesses did have smoke inside them.

Willis said there were no smoke detectors or fire supression equipment noticeable in the building.

In a message posted to Facebook on Tuesday, owner Michael Hedrick said the pizzeria “will have to be totally rebuilt.”

Hedrick thanked community members for their support.

“People have come out of the woodwork to lend a hand and


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